By Stacey Robertson
We certainly love our award shows including the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, ESPYs, Halls of Fame, Nobel Prizes, Heismans and so many more.
Award shows in far too many cases have become de rigueur and overly predictable with their magic envelopes, winners, first runner-ups, and required acceptance speeches. They are usually ratings champions, but in some ways they are becoming standard and predictable.
The Central Washington University College of Arts and Humanities awards ceremony last Tuesday was anything but standard and predictable. Beginning with two brilliant performances from our Musical Theatre program, the gathering featured inspirational students, devoted professors, and committed staff. By the end of the evening, we all knew the remarkable achievements of each and every one of our award winners, signifying that our college is rising at a faster pace and steeper incline than ever before.
We nurture talent whether it is artistic expression, critical thinking and assessment, digital design, multimedia story-telling, award-winning musical and theatrical performances, language fluency and so much more. Our 360-degree approach includes talented staff preparing our college to do the best job for our students, the scholars who just will not accept anything less than their very best, our knowledgeable faculty who mentor and counsel our students, and our overachieving alumni, who are eager to mentor and give-back.
Most of all, our college philosophy is grounded in liberal arts – lifelong learning tailor-made for the service-oriented economies of the 21st Century.
Looking back on the 14 awards presented May 10, I was especially impressed by the two outstanding student awards, which bear the name of my nine-year predecessor, Marji Morgan. Dr. Morgan’s exceptional leadership put our college on the path toward excellence by nurturing our strengths and leveraging our potential. Her contributions and dedication allowed us to become the college we are today.
So without further adieu, here are outstanding award recipients for the 2016 College of Arts and Humanities Year-End Celebration:
- Thomas Gause Award for Achievement in Music Performance: Natalie Parks Bernstein
- George Stillman Award for Achievement in Art: Three-Dimensional Work: Grace Trautman
- Raymond Smith Award for Achievement in Scholarship: Braden Goveia (World Languages)
- Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award #1: Victoria Zencak (World Languages)
- Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award #2: Patrick Carpenter (Education and World Languages)
- Outstanding Graduate Student Artistic Achievement Award: Krista Connelly (Music); Chase Grover and Philipe Hyojung Kim (Art)
- Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award: Gayla Blaisdell (Music)
- Outstanding Faculty Artistic Achievement Award: Stephen Robison (Art)
- Outstanding Faculty Services Award: Jeffrey Dippmann (Philosophy and Religious Studies)
- Outstanding Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Award: Lila Harper (English)
- Outstanding Employee Award #1: Vickie Winegar (English)
- Outstanding Employee Award #2: Heather Horn Johnson (Art)
Department Chair Award
- Outstanding Department Chair Award: George Drake (English)
Please join me in saluting our 14 award winners, and everyone who gave us all the reasons in the world to celebrate!